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Regime security, not national security, is dominant priority in Beijing and Moscow

Regime security, not national security, is dominant priority in Beijing and Moscow

By Sol W. Sanders Minxin Pei, the most original of current Sinologists, makes the point authoritarian/totalitarian regimes inherently prioritize requirements for protecting regime leaders over long-term national interest. To preserve the former’s power, they sacrifice the latter’s needs. In the process, they encourage breakdown in the world order. Beijing is now demonstrating the phenomenon in […]

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Waiting for someone to please do something, the world waits some more

Waiting for someone to please do something, the world waits some more

By Sol W. Sanders Looking around the world, the striking characteristic is waiting out a number of crises. Their outcome seems almost artificially suspended, and their interaction on one another and their ultimate effect on the world is at issue. We start with the Euro. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s supplications in Beijing were perhaps laudable but a […]

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Newly re-elected Taiwan president already under pressure to begin reunificiation talks

Newly re-elected Taiwan president already under pressure to begin reunificiation talks

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com After Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou was re-elected to a second four-year term last weekend, he faces intensifying pressure from Beijing to start “reunification talks.” Immediately after defeating Tsai Ing-wen, the moderate leader of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Ma told the media that he was in no hurry to begin […]

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Beijing firms up military ties with North Korea while backing 'smooth transition'

Beijing firms up military ties with North Korea while backing 'smooth transition'

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The future of the post-Kim Jong-Il North Korea lies in the hands of the military, the only force capable of shoring up stability in the abjectly poor Stalinist regime. And it is a testimony of the sagacity of the Chinese Communist Party administration’s Korean specialists that Beijing started boosting ties with […]

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China signals rewards for Obama after he backed down on sale to Taiwan of advanced F-16s

China signals rewards for Obama after he backed down on sale to Taiwan of advanced F-16s

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com As expected, the Barack Obama administration announced on Sept. 21 that it will help Taiwan upgrade its arsenal of old F16 jetfighters — but not sell the island stronghold sophisticated F16-Cs and F16-Ds that Taipei has requested since 2006. This is despite repeated denials by senior American officials that Washington has […]